I recently spent a weekend catching up with former colleagues in the Hamptons. This gregarious group of girls and I worked for a nonprofit--my first job out of law school. We decided that we needed some chill time, and renting a house in the Hamptons would give us a chance to do just that. We learned that renting a house was no easy feat. We initially wanted to make it a huge trip, but renting a huge house came with its own set of difficulties. To streamline the process, we decided on a smaller house (and smaller group). But make no mistake, our 3 bedroom house was HUGE. Not to mention the patio and pool area--we could have had a pool party for at least 20 comfortably. The patio was one of my favorite parts of the house. There were multiple tables and lounge chairs. Not only did I spend mornings lounging about and reading, but we had breakfast, dinner, and even grilled outdoors on our patio.
We went to East Hampton Main Beach on our first day. You really don't have to go all the way to Costa Rica for beautiful beaches--this beach was super clean with clear enough water. Plus, hardly anyone was out there. The water was chilly, but I got used to it after a while.
East Hampton Village was rather quaint. We stopped at a local farmer's market where we sampled cheese made from local cows. The prices were insane, but the cheese was very unique--like brie made with local, fresh, unpasteurized cow milk. We also took several trips to main street in East Hampton. On our second day, we ventured to Southhampton Village, where we wandered through their slightly larger main street. Southhampton was flashier--folks rolled through in the transformer-like cars, with their uber fancy and hip child carriers. Much older men were married to young women with blonde hair. Southhampton village was a bit of a scene..
We went to Montauk on our first night. The beach was exceptional, and people were partying around bonfires and even releasing giant lanterns into the night sky. The club scene, however, was a little more sketch. We decided not to take chances our second night and get some tips on where to go out. We ended up at Southhampton Social Club on Saturday night--which was perhaps more of a scene than Southhampton village. Thanks to some skillful mingling, we were able to cut the line. This place was definitely more our style--the DJ was playing hits and the people surrounding the DJ booth were dancing. But, there was also plenty of space to chill--outside in the garden area or the cabanas.
We had a great time all weekend, and I'm always a little shocked by the diversity of stuff to do a short drive, bus ride, or train ride outside of New York City. However, the Hamptons was a little too lacking in diversity for my liking. Although it's way less convenient to NYC, I think my next East Coast/New England beach weekend will be to Martha's Vineyard.